Author Anna Kashina on Guild of the Assassins

Veronica Scott

TheGuildOfAssassins-144dpiI’m interviewing Anna Kashina today over at the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Anna-Kashina-300x300about her award winning epic fantasy romance  Guild of Assassins. The novel just received a double PRISM Award for  “Best of the Best” and “Best Fantasy”. Her assassins have amazing martial arts skills, so here’s a question & answer about that aspect of the novels which we sadly didn’t have room to include at USAT/HEA.

Veronica: How do you go about ‘choreographing’ your amazing fight scenes?

Anna: As a child, I studied martial arts, and then, as an adult, I was a competitive dancer. Both skills are very synergistic and feed into my fight scenes. When I write, I put myself into this state of mind where I actually feel every movement in my body and they all make sense. When I achieve this balance, things just start happening. The ‘choreographing’ comes down to deciding…

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Feature – The Guild of Assassins by Anna Kashina

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THE GUILD OF ASSASSINS – On sale Aug 5, 2014

About the book

Kara, an elite warrior from the Majat Guild, has escaped execution and achieved something that no Majat has ever managed – freedom from the Guild!

But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai.

Is their relationship – and the force that makes their union all-powerful – a tool to defeat the overpowering forces of the Kaddim armies, or a ploy sure to cause the downfall of the Majat?

Excerpt
Oden Lan, Master of the Majat Guild, Assassin of the Diamond Rank, forced his face into a calm mask as he stared at the object in his hand – a four-pointed throwing star, the large diamond set into its center glittering…

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MISTRESS OF THE SOLSTICE by Anna Kashina a silver medalist in 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Partial results were announced last night, and we were all thrilled to find Anna Kashina’s “Mistress of the Solstice” among the winners. For the current list of winners see: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1791&urltitle=2014%20Independent%20Publisher%20Book%20Awards%20Results

“Mistress of the Solsice” has received high praise from many venues, including Publishers Weekly and ForeWord Reviews, which characterized her book as “a superior fantasy novel with a strong flavor of romance and myth”. This dark romantic fantasy based on Russian folklore is centered about the gruesome Solstice rites that were practiced in Russia before Christianity and brings to life many creatures of the Slavic myths.

This year, Anna is celebrating the release of two installments in her action-packed Majat Code series from Angry Robot Books, UK. Book 1, “Blades of the Old Empire” came out in February, and book 2, “The Guild of Assassins” will come out in August.

Congratulations to Anna!

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